THE EMBARRASSMENT OF THE MATERIAL – Mat Paskins

RESPONSE #2, part 2 – Mat Paskins

What I am trying to stress is the embarrassment of the material. That it is inexhaustible, that attention cannot break away – because attention itself, its habitual protocols, are so readily swamped by the patterns and erasures which reveal themselves within a thing.
Of course we do not live this way. We, some of us, play as if we do, perform ritual attentive acts, give ourselves over, devote ourselves to the limitless aspect of things. The one time I lived in religious community we were instructed not to treat the pan-scouring as too much of a meditative act, because no washing would get done.

The wish not to finish any work – any writing, whatever – to let it live in its whorls of endless promise.

 

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